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Jersey Girl Triumphs Over Canadian Menace

katharine%20close%20and%20ken%20lowe%20spelling%20bee%20scripss.jpgWe did catch the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night, televised from its location across town in the belly of the Grand Hyatt. Katharine Close, an eighth-grader from Spring Lake, New Jersey, vanquished Finola Mei Hwa Hackett, from Alberta, Canada. After Hackett got tripped up by Weltschmerz, Close correctly spelled Ursprache for the title. How d'ya like dem apples -- eh?


For the spelling bee aficionados among you, a few more comments appear after the jump.

Actually, we don't have much to add to the excellent write-up of our Gotham-based sibling. We did catch the Chris Connelly comment that they paraphrased, made after Hackett spelled an especially difficult word: "Finola's middle name is Mei Hwa, which means 'beautiful flower' in Chinese. And she's certainly blossoming on this stage tonight!"

The Swift Report offers this satiric take on the proceedings. But it doesn't clearly read as satire -- which is kinda scary.

Katharine Close Is Smarter Than Us All; Chris Connelly, Not So Much [Gawker]

Group Objects to Words of Foreign Origin in National Spelling Bee [Swift Report]

Prime-Time Pressure For Top Spellers [WP]

N.J. Girl Wins National Spelling Bee [NYT]

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Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore.

The Poor People's Campaign marched on Washington, and we were there!

Culture Wars
by Dominic Gwinn

Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people

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The police have clearly failed to stop the scourge of black kids selling water to thirsty people, so your average law-abiding, permit-respecting white lady has no choice but to take matters into her own (did we mention they were white?) hands. You might call her a busybody gone power mad or a simple tool of racist micoaggression, but we just call her "Permit Patty."

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